Octopress Online

January 2021


This new year brings new horizons.
View from Irondale Beach.

Photo by PTMSC volunteer Wendy Feltham.


Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.


Offered with generous support from the Darrow Family

the third installment of
The Future of Oceans lecture series:

"What Eelgrass and Other Marine Vegetation Can Tell Us about the Future of the Ocean"

Dr. Ronald Thom
Staff Scientist Emeritus
Marine Sciences Lab,
Pacific Northwest National Lab


January 10

3 pm via ZOOM


*Be sure to also get
your ticket for a

Deep Dive Conversation
with Dr. Ronald Thom

A science-cafe style, moderated discussion
via Zoom

Monday, January 11
6:30 pm 

$5 per ticket - limited to 20 passes!


Using eelgrass as an indicator, the presentation will evaluate the theme of net ecosystem improvement (NEI) in the face of historical, present and future threats such as climate change on the ocean ecosystem. The presentation will cover topics including conservation, restoration, resilience and an evidence-based analysis of cumulative effects of multiple actions on ecosystem condition.  

Dr. Thom has conducted applied monitoring and research in coastal and estuarine ecosystems since 1971. His research includes coastal ecosystem restoration; adaptive management of restored systems; benthic primary production; ecosystem monitoring; climate change and adaptation; carbon storage in restored coastal systems, and ecology of fisheries resources. Ron has led, or shared leadership of, approximately 200 multidisciplinary projects. He has worked on ecological systems in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Nebraska, and Alabama. Ron was invited to China and South Korea several times to collaborate with scientists there on estuarine restoration. He served on the National Academy of Sciences committee on monitoring the recovery of the Gulf coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He has published ~100 peer reviewed papers including five invited book chapters, and hundreds of technical reports and conference abstracts. He is Staff Scientist Emeritus at the Marine Sciences Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Sequim, WA. Ron is immediate past president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, served as a Governor’s appointee to the Northwest Straits Commission for six years, and presently is the Senior Science Advisor to the Puget Sound Partnership. 

Upcoming Lectures:

all lectures are FREE and take place online via ZOOM on the designated day.

Find more info and updates on our lecture series website!

Lecture Video available:

Missed the December lecture with Betsy Peabody? We got you covered! We recorded the event and posted it to YouTube, so please watch and share with your friends and family!


Resolutions for a
Healthier Salish Sea


Here at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center we're getting ready for the new year by sharing our resolutions. We are committed to conservation of the Salish Sea and its surrounding environment year-round and this is the perfect season for us to share our resolutions with you.

In return, we would love to hear what you'll do this year to help the Salish Sea! Send your New Year's resolution to Meghan, the citizen science educator at mgslocombe@ptmsc.org. After the New Year we will share some of our favorite conservation-related resolutions.

Happy New Year!


Martin Luther King Jr.



PTMSC AmeriCorps team is organizing a Covid-safe beach clean up and you can be part of it.


January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr.
Day of Service
Beach Clean Up 


Info and registration coming soon!


Aquarium & Museum CLOSED

The Museum, Aquarium and gift shop are closed until further notice, per Governor Inslee's most recent guidance.





PTMSC - Always available on Social Media

Though our exhibits aren't open, you can always find us 24/7/365 on Facebook and Instagram. We have weekly features like Museum Sundays, What's In The Water Wednesdays and #TinyGOP Thursdays!

Follow us online -- together we will continue to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea!


Seeking Scholarship Applicants!



The Port Townsend Yacht Club is now seeking scholarship applications! 

PTYC awards scholarships to local community members interested in pursuing careers in the fields of Marine Trades, Marine Sciences, Marine Systems and Boatbuilding. 

For more information and application, click here.




Discover PTMSC's original activities that will keep you and your child inspired to learn more about Salish Sea science!

We also provide links to other K-12 online learning resources to keep you and your children engaged--the perfect antidote to cabin fever! 

Check out our continuously updated offerings!




Be the envy of your next Zoom meeting!

We are providing these backgrounds of volunteer Wendy Feltham's amazing photography.


CARES Act Encourages Giving

Congress included a way to make it easier to donate to the causes you care about by including these provisions in the CARES Act:

  • $300 of charitable giving (cash) is deductible even if you don't itemize
  • If you do itemize, the deductible limit is raised from 60% to 100% of adjusted gross income
  • Finally, the government has sent out checks of $1,200 to most Americans. Many people who can afford to do so, are paying these funds forward to support organizations they love.

If you have questions, contact Liesl Slabaugh, Development and Marketing Director at lslabaugh@ptmsc.org


Support Our Mission. 
Donate Your Vehicle Today!


PTMSC is now an active member with C.A.R.S.

All this time #StayingHome and not going anywhere may have you wondering how your car must feel! It’s hard to let go, but the Port Townsend Marine Science Center makes it easier. It also feels better when you support the cause you love. Donate today at our C.A.R.S. page or call (855) 500-RIDE or (855) 500-7433


Contact Us:
532 Battery Way  | Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582 | info@ptmsc.org

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